Review – Summer Love by J. Lum


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It is unbelievable to me that this is Jen Lum’s debut. This novella reads so beautifully and flows so gracefully. The love story between Tobias and Casey so captivated me that I still miss these two. I still think about them and am so incredibly anxious for more words from Jen!

Tobias is such a troubled young man who finds himself at a crossroads with difficult decisions to make He’s sending the summer with his father and stepmother – people that he barely knows and that he doesn’t really want to know. All Toby knows is that the man who was supposed to love and protect him left when he needed him the most and his life was never the same. He’s hardened his heart and nothing is going to get through. And then one early summer morning, Toby meets the girl that will change his whole life.

Casey is a city girl with a dreamer’s heart. A lover of words. A refreshing change to Toby. She’s warm and carefree; flight of fancy and so beautiful to him. She changes Toby simply by being his friend and giving him her love. Still Casey knows that at the end of the summer all that she had with could be over. No one expects the summer to end the way that it does.

I could not have asked for a better introduction to Jen Lum! This story was simply sweet, written with heart and passion. First love and first heartbreak…. this made me remember just how big those first moments can be and how they can consume us, change our course and color our perspective. This was an amazing first story from a young woman who is going to be an absolute power house!

Absolutely FANTASTIC! Great job, dear friend.


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Spending the entire summer with my father wasn’t in my plans. I hated him. I was angry and resentful, and it made me feel out of control.

Until I met her.

Casey is carefree. She lives life to the fullest, without regrets, and to a guy like me, she was hope. We only had the summer, and I knew better than to get wrapped up with her, but I couldn’t help it.

And now? Now, I don’t know how to let her go.


I’d never been in love. At fifteen, my life was filled with books and family expectations. Love was not something I had time for.

And then, he saved me.

Toby is a boy from California, so you would think he’d be easygoing, but he isn’t. He’s the definition of self-control; everything has to be “just so.”

But when we’re together, living each day with reckless abandon, I realize that life is so much more than fairytales within the pages.

I’m pretty sure he’s my soulmate. But what good can possibly come from falling so hard when you’re this young? How can this ever work?

A promise. That’s all we have to hold on to. One. Simple. Promise.

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Jen Lum

Author J. Lum was born and raised in Northern Virginia, but spent most summers visiting new places or in Hawaii, where her father’s family is from. She’s got a bad case of #Wanderlust, so you’ll more than likely find her traveling more than staying put. She is a furbaby mom to a fat, chubby pug named Lani, who is buckets of snoring fun. When you don’t see her hanging and snuggling with her pug, she will more than likely have her head in a book. She absolutely adores second chance and dark romances equally, but will read a wide variety of books. She loves tats, cooking/baking, chocolate and coffee are weaknesses for her.

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